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Get To Know Missouri’s Wildlife & Zoos

Take in an extensive list of butterfly species at The Butterfly House. It’s hard to believe a zoo exists for butterflies, so don’t miss out on this one to see it for yourself. The collection of butterflies is fascinating on its own. But, the surrounding gardens that help attract them are just as spectacular.

A trip to Missouri isn’t complete without checking out Grant’s Farm. Ulysses S. Grant owned the farm, and it was later taken over by the Busch family. Plenty of animals are available for you to see, but perhaps the biggest attraction is the ever-so-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

Visit the Kansas City Zoo for an eclectic mix of animals. From a Bat-Eared Fox to a Blue Poison Dart Frog, to anything in between, you are sure to be mesmerized when you get there.

Give yourself over to 90-acres of land that makes up the St. Louis Zoo. It’s a favorite among tourists. Just lose yourself in the day with its unique habitats.

Butterfly House

Opened in 1998, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is a butterfly zoo located in eastern Missouri near the St. Louis metro area.

The zoo, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, features over 2,000 animals.

Some of the primarily exhibits at Butterfly House include Butterflies of the World, Small Wonders, and the Conservatory Garden.

Other amenities include the Emerson Lakeside Terrence, available for events, and the Emerson Family Theater.

Grant’s Farm

Sitting on 281 acres, Grant’s Farm is family-friendly historic attraction located in St. Louis. Originally founded by Ulysses S. Grant and the Busch family, the farm combines history with wildlife and tradition to form a unique eastern Missouri attraction.

Specific attractions at Grant’s Farm include Grant’s Cabin, the Deer Park, the Tier Garten, and the Bauernhof, or farmstead. The farm also hosts a variety of unique live shows and events, along with special holiday events like Halloween Nights and the Elephant Education Show.

Kansas City Zoo

Voted one of America's best zoos and ranked number one in the nation for “African Animals and Exhibits,” the Kansas City Zoo is set in Swope Park, on the southeastern side of Kansas City. The 202-acre facility is home to more than 1,300 animals.

A treat for western Missouri visitors young and old, the zoo draws big crowds with habitats like the Congolese Rainforest, the Great Ape House, the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, and attractions like the Sprint IMAX Theater. It's also known to host a variety of themed special events throughout the year – check the schedule during your visit to find out what's happening.

St. Louis Zoo

Home to over 19,000 animals, the Saint Louis Zoo is located in St. Louis, Missouri’s Forest Park. Considered a leader in animal management, research, conservation, and education, the eastern Missouri zoo is affiliated with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Visitors to the zoo have a chance to view over 655 animal species. Families with small children will make sure to take in the Charles H. Yalem Children’s Zoo, while guests of all ages ride on the Zooline Railroad, which circles the park and stops at the most popular attractions.